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Safety is, and will continue to be regarded, as the paramount requirement in the Government’s regulation, provision and facilitation of air transport. Safety standards and safety compliance will not be traded off against other aspects of Government spending in the air transport subsector. The Government requires CASA, NAC and PNGASL to make passenger safety its first priority.

Adherence to International Conventions

Papua New Guinea is a signatory to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention) 1947, which established principles and arrangements for safe and secure international civil aviation. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), which administers the Chicago Convention, undertakes safety and security audits of signatory states to measure compliance with, and application of, standards and recommended practices. A safety audit was undertaken for PNG in 2009, and as a result the Government, through CASA, is pursuing a compliance action plan accepted by ICAO to address safety and security issues.

Harmonization with Neighbouring States

Government will continue to harmonize its civil aviation laws, rules, standards and practices with international best practice and, in particular, with those states in the Asia Pacific Region with which it shares air traffic routes.

Aviation Infrastructure Safety

Aviation infrastructure providers, that is providers of airport, air navigation and meteorological facilities, equipment and services, will be required to meet PNG’s international obligations and the legitimate requirements of civil aviation users in regard to aviation safety.

Government will provide CSO funding as necessary to fund the rehabilitation and improvement of all other airports in public ownership so that these are brought up to certifiable standard and maintained at or above that standard by 2030.

Air Operator Safety

All air operators shall be required to set up and maintain Safety Management Systems to ensure that rules and standards are complied with. Compliance will be overseen by CASA.

Adherence to the Civil Aviation Act, Regulation and Rules

The Civil Aviation Act, and subsidiary regulations and rules provide the legal framework for ensuring that safety principles and practices are followed. These provide certification requirements for aircraft, air crew and other defined occupations in the civil aviation industry. The Director of Civil Aviation and CASA are the controlling authorities in respect of the legislation. Government will require that the legislation is rigorously implemented, monitored, and reported.